LEgal Research & Extension
Sea Grant has a network of lawyers working on a host of coastal, ocean and Great Lakes law and policy topics to address community needs.
These diverse topics range from matters such as sea level rise and climate adaptation, to public access to the shoreline and the water, to the application of maritime law in marine and coastal industries. Legal professionals have been involved in Sea Grant for almost as long as the National Sea Grant College Program has existed, and today the Sea Grant Legal Network is comprised of participants from 11 Sea Grant programs—and counting!
Meet the Experts
Coastal Planning Specialist, Florida Sea Grant Coastal Planning Program - Mr. Ruppert's role as a legal expert on liability for climate and sea level rise impacts on infrastructure has been an invaluable resource for local governments looking to understand how they can address the effects of climate change in their policies. He was named a 2019 Florida Climate Institute Faculty Fellow for his contributions to climate research and extension.
Director, Louisiana Sea Grant Law & Policy Program - As the current head of Sea Grant's oldest legal program, Mr. Wilkins's professional accomplishments include a ten-year effort paving the way to allow alternative oyster aquaculture in Louisiana waters.
Featured Legal Research & Extension Impacts
Legal Research & Extension News
On April 21, 2022 at 3 p.m. ET, the National Sea Grant Law Center will present a Continuing Legal Education webinar entitled “Per-and Polyfluorinated Substances Legal and Regulatory Update.”
Connecticut Sea Grant partners with Rhode Island Sea Grant Legal Program to help local leaders navigate climate change questions
Questions poured in by the dozen after the morning session of the 2015 Adapt CT legal workshop—six pages worth, in fact. The workshop was part of a series on climate adaptation hosted by Connecticut Sea Grant and the UConn Center for Land Use Education and Research, known as CLEAR, through their joint organization Adapt CT. Legal issues had starkly emerged as another area being reshaped by the broad sweep of the changing climate, as effects are felt across fisheries, agriculture, health, infrastructure, wildlife and economies.
Sea Grant is pleased to announce the designation of the National Sea Grant Law Center (Law Center) as a “coherent area program.” This designation elevates the Law Center from a temporary Sea Grant project to a more permanent component of the National Sea Grant College Program.